One of the joys of using an iPad is in how much choice you have when it comes to using it. The fact that you can choose your preferred orientation is a huge progression from almost all computing options across the last few decades, most of which have forced users to work in a landscape orientation.
There have been quite a few studies done into iPad orientation, most of which show portrait beating out landscape as the preference. While some activities are clearly more suited to certain activities, watching a film in portrait wastes an awful lot of space, many are simply down your own personal discretion. Which orientation do you prefer?
If you have the choice, such as when browsing or reading, which way do you naturally turn the iPad? It’d be interesting to know what the preference of the illustrious AppStorm readership is?
Earlier this week I wrote an article on the iPad case dilemma, discussing the various types of cases available and how they affect the way in which the iPad is used. I was fascinated to realise that many people use multiple cases as a solution for their usage situations, I use two myself.
What I’d really like to know is how many cases, or case-type accessories, you use? Are they for various different situations, or can you just not help yourself when you come across a delicious new leather folio case?
A huge industry has grown up to provide us with a wide array of options for the protection, and carrying, of our iPads, how many purchases are we making?
Feel free to leave a comment below if you so wish, I’d particularly love to hear from those who own more that 4 case solutions!
This week I’d love to take a poll on a highly speculative, but nonetheless interesting, question. Is the iPad the final new product from Apple?
First, I should probably clarify the question a little.
I was inspired to create this poll after reading a fascinating article on Cult of Mac that makes a strong statement with its title; iPod. iPhone. iPad. Why Apple is Done Inventing New Devices.
By new devices (or products) I don’t mean the further iterations or development in existing spaces, such as the desktop or mobile phone, but rather the creation of entirely new categories of product. Such as the iPad and its creation of the spuriously named ‘Tablet Market’ (many have argued that there is really only an ‘iPad Market’ at the moment).
Do you think that Apple will now continue to push the bounds in its current areas of influence and leave pushing into new areas aside? Or, is it short-sighted to think that a company such as Apple won’t break ground in ways we can’t yet envisage?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Log your answer and perhaps send a few words this way as well!
Recently there have been a few polls on here that have excluded people not in possession of an iPad 2, and for that I’m sorry. This week I’m going to make up for it, however, with a chance for you to give the main reason behind not purchasing Apple’s most recent technological marvel (excuse the hyperbole).
If you’re a proud owner of the original iPad I commend your decision not to upgrade, the iPad 2 is excellent, but so was the original. The differences are rather small considering the minimum $499 spend.
Is your reason purely financial, are you saving pennies in a jar right now?
What I’m more interested in are the specific reasons why people have passed on the iPad 2, especially if they’re considering the competition. The hot discussion last week was over the iPad 2′s cameras, was that your reason?
I can see good reasons to wait for the iPad 3, especially if you have an original iPad; the possibility of a retina display alone would have many iPhone 4 users on the edge of their seats.
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! What was the reason you decided not to buy an iPad 2?
This week I’m on a mission to find out what type of iPad case is most popular among the discerning readers of iPad.AppStorm. I’m sure most of us will have a case that we use from time to time to protect the iPad in transit, but which type is the most prevalent?
For the sake of simplicity I’ve taken the executive decision to exclude the Smart Cover from the equation, I was coming up with far too many variables! In my mind if you have an iPad 2 you almost definitely have, and use, the Smart Cover and if you don’t, you don’t.
Besides, you probably use a case in addition to the iPad – I just wouldn’t feel comfortable putting my iPad in my bag with just its (expensive) Smart Cover on.
I know that when I first got an iPad I had a hard time deciding what case would be the right one for me, I’m fortunate that I chose wisely – I’ve only ever bought one zip case and it fits the iPad 2 and Smart Cover like a dream.
Did you face a case dilemma? What did you go with? I seriously have no idea what will come out on top here!
Feel free to comment below with your thoughts, especially if you have a case that fits none of the descriptions!
I’ve included an option to the right that is pretty unlikely: “What’s AppleCare?”
Unless you’ve bought all of your Apple products from eBay or premium resellers then you’ll have been offered it. It’s pushed pretty hard by the staff at any and every Apple store in the world. But the real question is, have you got AppleCare?
It would seem that for items like the iPad, AppleCare is a difficult sell – it’s a significant proportion of the cost of the most basic iPad. The question will enter everyones mind, is it worth it?
For an interesting mathematical discussion of the value of AppleCare it’s worth having a read of this article by Richard Frisch – although it’s not an encouraging read if you have already purchased it…
I’m actually rather interested to see just how many people buy AppleCare for their iPads, I imagine only a small proportion, but I’m prepared to be proved wrong – Apple pushes it pretty hard. The thing is, if your iPad does break in year 2 then AppleCare will seem like a brilliant decision, but how likely is it?
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!
When giving the App Store a browse, I often like to mix up the way I search for new and exciting apps. Maybe giving Top Charts a miss and heading straight for the New & Noteworthy section, or browsing in a category I haven’t explored in a while.
This week I’d love to know what your favourite section of the App Store is for finding new apps? Are you a fan of Apple’s Staff Favourites? Are you all about the Top Free iPad apps?
While we’re on this topic, why is it that the Genius tab rarely lives up to its name? Even after spending time trying to hone its suggestions I hardly ever find an app that I really like suggested by Genius, do you?
Which section of the App Store turns up the best app results for you?
Feel free to post a comment if you’d like, especially if you think I’ve missed a key section for finding apps in the App Store!
I’m not ashamed to say that I love apps. In particular, I love searching for new and exciting apps and giving them a try – weighing up whether they deserve a spot on my beloved home screen.
Even so, I probably only actively search for new apps three or four times a week – in a moment of downtime my finger hovers over the App Store, what new gem might I find? I look at the most popular apps of the moment, maybe browse a category I fancy by popularity, take a look at the staff picks and hot new apps.
If I’m really in the mood for some digging, I might even browse a category by the most recent apps – a search which requires patience and consistently good judgement to find any items of worth.
What I’m really intrigued to find out is how often you search for apps? Do you tend to just follow up recommendations, or do you look for new and exciting releases every day?
Are you a casual browser on the odd occasion you’re lured to the App Store by the updates badge, or do you search with purpose, finely tuning your genius recommendations?
I have to be honest here, when surfing on the iPad I’ve never really given any other browser a chance. Safari is perfect for everything I need, I can’t think of the last time it frustrated me.
That Safari synchronises with my bookmarks is merely a bonus that helps it keep its lead.
I am, however, fascinated to know what other browsers people do use on their iPads. There must be reasons that make you want to switch, be it the ability to view Flash or simply the superior functionality, and I’d love to know them! What browser do you use, and why is that your current choice?
Do you use Skyfire because you can’t live without Flash? Or use a different browser in order to go full screen?
What percentage of iPad users stick with Safari as their primary browser? I’m betting it’s pretty high…
Lets get an idea of the top browsers among the illustrious readers of iPad.AppStorm, get involved with the poll just over there. It’d be great to know why you use what you use, especially if you select a browser other than Safari!
When it comes to specification, it can be hard to deal with not having the absolute best. If you’re not careful you’ll end up feeling genuinely sad that your car doesn’t have the heated leather seats or the racing pedals…
I guess this is somewhat the case with iPads. You head into the Apple store and beckon an assistant/expert/champion to help you with your purchase, they ask “which one would you like?”
If you’re brash enough to simply answer “the best one”, you could end up paying a little more than you were anticipating. A 64 GB flash hard drive and 3G connectivity doesn’t come cheap!
Most of us are considerably more discerning than that, weighing up the benefits of more space and roaming ability against the cost.
What did you decide to go for? Are you happy with your choice, or do you wish you had some extra space? Feel free to comment below!
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